Spe­cial award hon­ours vol­un­teer Katie-Jane

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The fam­ily of a self­less wo­man who spent her fi­nal days vol­un­teer­ing for a north-east char­ity be­fore los­ing her bat­tle with cys­tic fi­bro­sis col­lected a spe­cial post­hu­mous award on her be­half yes­ter­day.

Katie-Jane Buchan, 22, died on Au­gust 30 – just days af­ter parad­ing down Union Street as part of Cel­e­brate Aberdeen for the so­cial care char­ity VSA, where she had vol­un­teered since 2014.

Dur­ing her time with the char­ity, the events man­age­ment grad­u­ate helped to put on ma­jor fundrais­ing events such as the an­nual ball, help­ing to raise thou­sands of pounds for peo­ple in need.

At an emo­tional cer­e­mony in Aberdeen’s town­house yes­ter­day, her “ex­tremely proud” fam­ily, in­clud­ing mother Tracy Buchan and niece Kennedy-Jane, col­lected the VSA Lata Jan­dial Memo­rial Award for Vol­un­teer­ing in her mem­ory.

Katie’s aunt Jodie John­ston said: “There’s been mixed emo­tions.

“On one hand we’re ex­tremely proud that her achieve­ments have been recog­nised in this way, and on the other hand, it’s still re­ally dev­as­tat­ing for all of us on a daily ba­sis that she’s not here to col­lect the award her­self.”

The VSA’s Fiona Kennedy said: “Katie quickly be­came part of the VSA fam­ily.

“Her en­thu­si­asm for events and VSA did not go un­no­ticed, and her funlov­ing na­ture al­ways added sparkle to any event.

“One of the great­est gifts you can give in life is time, and Katie knew her time was pre­cious, yet she chose to vol­un­teer her time with us still.”

Katie-Jane Buchan

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